A Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is on display at Fort McCoy, Wis., in 2018.

A Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is on display at Fort McCoy, Wis., in 2018. (John Russell/U.S. Army)

The U.S. Army Contracting Command-Detroit Arsenal in Warren has placed a multimillion-dollar order for joint light tactical vehicles and other equipment for the U.S. Army, Marine Corps and Air Force, according to a Wisconsin-based defense company.

In addition to the light tactical vehicles, the $208-million investment in Oshkosh Defense includes associated packages and installed kits.

The tactical vehicles were designed to replace the aging up-armored Humvee fleet. Officials said the new vehicle provides better protection, mobility, and a greater payload capacity to operating forces.

“We spent the last decade committed to learning, improving processes, establishing a robust supply chain, as well as a world-class team of experts to design and produce the most reliable light tactical vehicle in the industry,” George Mansfield, vice president and general manager of defense programs at Oshkosh Defense, said in a news release.

Oshkosh Defense says it filled the replacement request with a modular design that offers weapon systems, protection kits, communications, and other critical equipment. It can accommodate more than 100 different mission package configurations without sacrificing mobility, protection, or transportability, the company states.

Since winning the initial JLTV contract in 2015, Oshkosh Defense has received orders for more than 23,000 JLTVs for the U.S. Armed Forces and NATO, Allied, and Collation partners.

Throughout the program, Oshkosh Defense focused on continuous improvement and innovation, as reflected by more than 125 patents and applications that Oshkosh holds associated with the JLTV family of vehicles and related technologies.

Oshkosh Defense has received JLTV orders or commitments from eight international customers and intends to continue making the Oshkosh JLTV available through Direct Commercial Sales.

Officials said the company plans to produce JLTVs into early 2025. The Oshkosh Defense Aftermarket team will continue to service and support Oshkosh-built JLTVs.

Headquartered in Wisconsin, Oshkosh Corp. employs some 15,000 workers worldwide. The company’s products can be found in more than 150 countries under the brands of JLG, Honowa, Pierce, MAXIMETAL, Oshkosh Defense, McNeilus, IMT, Jerr-Dan, Frontline, Oshkosh Airport Products, JBT AeroTech, and Pratt Miller.

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